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Author Archive: Michaela Johnson

Fruit flies invading locales through olive trees

There has been a recent surge of planting olive trees by homeowners to obtain a small farm water rate from El Dorado Irrigation District. Local nurseries are selling olive trees, most notably the Arbequina varietal. “Greenstone Growers,” a local company, helps residents plant olive trees and secure a lower water rate (in order to achieve […]

School district budget ‘positive’

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees met on May 2 to discuss items on the agenda, including the continuing hot topic of classified/certificated layoffs. The meeting began with a BOMTA (teachers’ union) update as well as a student representative update. Local high school graduations are planned for June 6 (Golden Sierra) […]

Auburn Lake Trails: Chickens vote no yolk

There’s a lot of squawking going on at Auburn Lake Trails. A group of 10 “pro-chicken” volunteers have been working with the Board of Directors since August 2012 to try to get the current CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) changed to allow chickens in Auburn Lake Trails. The group originally started as a board-appointed task […]

Businessman challenges incumbent for BOMUSD short-term seat

Steve DePue, currently president of the local school board, is running against opponent Jim Brown of Cool for the BOMUSD’s Trustee Area 2′s short-term seat. DePue of Greenwood is a 34-year resident of the Divide, with a long history in education. He has two children (both GSHS graduates) with his wife, Peggy. DePue was one […]

Scroggins and Drescher face off for BOMUSD Trustee Area 2 long-term position

Joe Scroggins is running for BOMUSD Trustee Area 2 as the incumbent against Bill Drescher. Scroggins has lived on the Divide since 1973, and he and his siblings attended BOMUSD schools. Scroggins, who is engaged to Tricia Gomez, has eight children who are currently or have attended BOMUSD. Scroggins works for CW Fox, a public […]

Allen and Knight square off for BOMUSD Trustee Area 1 seat

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District has three of its Board of Trustee seats up for election this year. The Area 1 seat is between board incumbent Mel Allen and, former board member Darcy Knight. “I am very passionate about what we’re doing at the board level, and I believe that the current board has […]

After-school program keeps it cool for children

Merilee Warde has spent nearly the last 20 years of her life as an educator on the Georgetown Divide. Just a few short months ago she made a decision to open an after-school program for children. Cool Learning Center, which opened Aug. 21, at 2968 Highway 49, Suite D, across from American River Pizza, aims […]

Divide residents speak out on high county building fees

Concerned citizen Ron Wolsfeld initiated a meeting regarding the “Rural Communities Survival and Recovery Action Plan” which was held at the Cool Community Church Feb. 16 with El Dorado County Supervisors Ron Briggs and Ray Nutting. The meeting was called in response to the fees for new home construction including small-scale projects such as fencing, […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Divide construction team helps Navajo woman

GARDEN VALLEY — The ROP construction team at Golden Sierra High School has taken on a new project, with a slightly different twist than the typical projects they’ve tackled in the past. Last summer Ed Kennedy took a group of students on “The Shonto Trip” (for the past 14 years they’ve made this trek) down […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

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